The Land of the Enlightened is the first feature film by Belgian director Pieter-Jan De Pue. It was shot in war-torn Afghanistan over seven years on 16mm. It is a beautiful film that was awarded the Best Cinema­tography Special Jury Award at Sundance. I created the film’s official website.

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The film follows the children of Afghanistan operating as scavengers, miners, and bandits as the American army is slowly pulling out of their country. Imagery of these children fills the opening screen of the website. Scrolling down the website makes the film title vanish behind the Afghan mountains and leads the viewer into the black body of the site.

the land of the enlightended website design

The website creates a harsh contrast between its colourful imagery and its black and white layout. This is a reflection of the film’s contrasting themes of childhood and war. Before becoming a film director Peter-Jan De Pue was a photojournalist. During filming he took many beautiful images which act as the only colour on the site.

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As well as the website I designed a press dossier for the film—a document used to promote the movie as it screens at film festivals. The press dossier uses the same pairing of Futura and Chaparral for the text as well as the same stark black and white layout.

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23 January 2014

All photographs ©Pieter-Jan De Pue